Make Friends by Being a Good Neighbour

Moving into a new place in a new city, and meeting new people can be exciting, but it can also be intimidating. People from all over the world with different backgrounds, experiences and interests are thrown together in one big melting pot at Uni. Living in London provides a great opportunity to make new friends who may be different, but still have a lot in common with you.

While it sounds simple, living in close proximity to strangers poses its own problems, too. You may wonder ‘What if they don’t like me?’ or ‘What if I don’t like them?’... ‘What if they’re too boring, too loud or too messy?’ Try not to worry too much; ultimately, most of your fellow students will be very friendly and try to remember they're going through the same transition as you.

Our tips will help you to get along with your neighbours, even if you are nervous.

Be friendly

Even if you’re nervous or worried about meeting your new neighbours you should always make the effort to say hello and try to get to know them when you move in. The chances are they’ll be feeling the same things you are about your new situation, and even if you don’t become best mates, they will always remember and appreciate that you made the effort to introduce yourself and make friends right from the start.

Try to be understanding

Always remember that you’ll be sharing your space with people from all different backgrounds, countries and cultures. Try to be understanding about how other people choose to live their lives; express an interest and revel in the differences that make us all unique and fascinating. You might even learn about a fun holiday, tradition or meal that you really enjoy.

Keep tidy

While it can be difficult to find the time to clean your studio and look after the common areas with a hectic study and social schedule, try to keep up with the basics. Scape cleans the communal areas daily, and there is always cleaning equipment available for your use. If you’re missing any of the basic housekeeping items, or need to get some laundry done, you can organise it all through myScape. While you may not mind too much about your living conditions, other people will, so try and keep things looking and smelling great for your neighbours and visitors. It may seem trivial but it can cause friction even between close friends.

Be respectful

You’ve moved away from home and have your own space living near other students, so you may be tempted to to take advantage of this newfound freedom. There’s no harm in doing so, but remember to respect other people’s choices, too. If you play loud music all of the time or come home late at night and make a lot of noise, you may be interrupting the sleep or study habits of others, which is an easy way to upset your neighbours. If you're respectful of your neighbours, they're more likely to do the same for you.

Make time to have fun

While working and studying will take up a lot of your time, it’s important to let your hair down once in a while. Spend time with your fellow students, go out with them and get to know the city. This will help you feel at home in London and make close friends. Afterall, if they picked the same luxury student accommodation in London as you did: it's likely that they’ll be learning at the same london institutions, and will be keen to explore the local area.

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